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December 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC’s Sunday Night Football, whose average audience had dipped 2 percent to below 20 million thus far this season, saw its numbers rise to 21.4 million for last Sunday’s Detroit Lions/Green Bay Packers contest. (On cable the No. 1 show for the week was ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans, which drew 14.5 million viewers, despite a blow-out 42-14 win by the Pats.) Nothing else on broadcast television came close. The CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory came in second with 16.9 million, no mean achievement in itself, but, in its day, NBC’s comedies like Friends and Cheers averaged more than 20 million viewers each week. Once again, NBC’s The Voice also produced solid ratings, particularly among viewers 18-49. But CBS held on to the crown as the most-watched network of the week. Of the top 20 television shows, CBS accounted for 14 of them. Besides NBC’s football-related telecasts and The Voice, Fox made it into the top 20 with its postgame The OT, which tied for tenth place, and ABC squeaked in at No. 19 with Grey’s Anatomy. Among the nightly newscasts, numbers were down across the board, with NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams retaining the top spot with 8.9 million viewers. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer again placed second with 7.9 million, while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley came in third with 6.5 million viewers. Overall, CBS finished the week with an average 5.9 rating and a 9 share. NBC placed second with a 4.8/8, while ABC and Fox tied for third with an average 3.7/6.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:

1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 12.8/19; 2. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 10.3/17; 3. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 9.7/15; 4. Person of Interest, CBS, 8.7/13; 5. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 8.4/13; 6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.7/12; 7. Football Night in America Pt. 3, NBC, 7.4/11; 7. The Voice, NBC, 7.4/11; 9. Blue Bloods, CBS, 7.2/13; 10. Criminal Minds, CBS, 7.1/11; 10. The OT, Fox, 7.1/11; 10. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 7.1/11.